EastEnders: Max Branning makes a BIG return this Christmas!

The Beales had better watch their backs...

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It wouldn’t be Christmas in soap land without an explosive story – and who better to deliver it than Max Branning.

It still gives us chills when we think about his affair being exposed with Stacey as the family gathered to watch the wedding video – eek.

The lovable love rat makes a return over the festive reason and is looking to settle some scores.

And lots of residents of Walford should be worried.

Poor Max has spent the best part of a year banged up for killing Lucy Beale, after her family allowed him to take the blame.

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The real killer, Lucy’s brother Bobby, eventually confessed and Max was freed.

And now it’s time for him to come home!

What will he make of oldest daughter Lauren being shacked up with Steven? ANOTHER Beale!

Will he be able to guide troubled Abi back onto the straight and narrow? There’s got to be more chance of the Virgin Mary rocking up in the Queen Vic than that happening!

It’s going to be the year for returns in soap – Coronation Street is welcoming Toyah Battersby back to Weatherfield after 13 years’ absence.

Coronation Street producer Kate Oates said: ‘I am delighted that Georgia Taylor has agreed to return to the role of Toyah. She is a talented actress who has had great success since leaving the show in 2003.

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“Family relationships are the lifeblood of soap operas and I am excited to explore the drama that Toyah will bring with her to the cobbles.

“She has led an interesting life away from Weatherfield and she has secrets she has kept even from Leanne.

“Her arrival this Christmas looks set to put the cat amongst the Coronation Street pigeons.”